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Top 10: Spring tips for guys in Copenhagen

Top 10: Spring tips for guys in Copenhagen
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Training for Copenhagen's big triathlon event will keep you occupied in the coming months
Guys: Springtime isn't just for the ladies. The University Post has put some things together to keep you occupied for the next couple of months

After the University Post's Top 10 Spring tips for girls we promised our male readers a 'guys-only' follow-up. These top 10 suggestions will get you heated up and excited about this season in Copenhagen. So get ready to venture outside, smell the fresh air, train your muscles and swig it all down with a glass of cold beer with your mates.

10. Watch the Copenhagen marathon

It's a little too late to start training for the Copenhagen marathon, which begins on Sunday 20 May, but there are plenty of opportunities to watch the proceedings, especially if you are cheering someone on, like our University Post reporter Andrew who is running for a donkey charity. See his site, here.

Key viewing hotspots include places like Christianborg and Christians Brygge where refreshments are sold and viewing platforms erected. Café deals and entertainment are also included in this year's event. Check out our interactive map for the best of the viewing spots and offers, or let us know where you will enjoy all of the marathon action.

If you're eager to get out and running already, the Copenhagen 1/2 marathon is only a few months away and provides another chance to run through the streets.

9.For the childish souls

Theme parks Tivoli (in central Copenhagen) and Bakken (north of Copenhagen at the Klampenborg S-train stop) have just opened for the summer season after a long hibernation. Visit or revisit Tivoli, which apart from roller coasters also offers classical, pop and rock concerts. Bakken, in the north of Copenhagen is in the middle of scenic and green Dyrehaven (animal's garden, ed.) where deer walk freely.

Come on guys, it's candy floss, roller coasters and a good excuse to get out of town and away from exams. Tip: If you and a friend have your eye on a couple of hot female classmates, ask them to go with you! Our interactive map will show you all the spots you'll want to check out to have a great time.

8. For the adrenalin junkies

Why not speed into the sun in a Lotus? Or fly high over Copenhagen in a hot air balloon? Or use the strong winds for daring wind surfing? This website oplevelsesgaver.dk with 'experience gifts' offers these activities and a lot more action from lamboughini driving, to parachute jumping and from deep water diving to paragliding. Go ahead and get your heart pumping this Spring with a new and daring activity.

7. Copenhagen Sea Challenge

A 43 km kayak race around Amager is not something you see every day, but you can sign up now to participate. It may be tough, but if you're a water sportsman (or woman) what better way to prove yourself against your friends and the sea than by completing the route?

Rentals are available if you don't have your own kayak, and you do have to sign up in advance!. Check out our interactive map for more details on the route.

6. Build a city

Get inspired by the good weather, get a great idea and build your 'dream city' at the Roskilde festival this summer. Read more about the competition and its rules, here. Each week the campaign has a challenge and a weekly winner is picked. So get dreaming and winning!

5. Take it easy in Dragør, and then do something really interesting

Dragør is a hidden and often forgotten gem. An old town that seems lost in time, it stands isolated on the end of Amager. Equipped with a beach, cafés and great ice cream it is a safe haven away from the city buzz. It is easy to get there by bike as it is just twelve kilometres from the city centre.

Cosy cafés? Come on! We are guys right?

So, this is the interesting part. Ride your bike along the coast back to Copenhagen, east of the airport (so you have the Øresund to your right). At one point, if you follow the route on our interactive map, the incoming or, depending on the wind direction, outbound planes are, literally, metres above your head! If you discover other interesting thrills along the way, you can also add them.

4. Watch Denmark vs. Australia in Parken stadium

This is the last opportunity to watch Denmark play soccer before they head off for Euro 2012 hoping to repeat their 1992 winning performance.

A great opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of Copenhagen's biggest stadium and grab some beers and a hot dog afterwards! You can get tickets here.

3. Take a road trip

Take a ride up the golden highway of Copenhagen. Kystvejen (Strandvejen) starting in Klampenborg, north of Copenhagen, is often compared to the golden highway of California for it's breathtaking beauty. It leads straight to the famous Elsinore castle and on it's way passes sandy beaches (see, for example, Bellevue beach below), luxurious villas, views of Sweden and a stunning maritime horizon.

If you prefer comfort, rent a car with a friend to take it all in at high speed. If you are into fresh air through your hair, take your racing bike. If you get tired along the way you can always take the Øresundstrain back home.

Check out our interactive map to see which are the top sites along the way and add your own favorite to the list.

2. Bellevue Strand

Regularly voted as one of the best spots in the world for good looking girls this beach is just a short S-train ride away from the city centre (S-train = Klampenborg). So wait for the good weather, and take a chance on the view, although if you do move to the nudist part of the beach you may be expected to join in with this example of traditional Northern European culture. Be aware that completely nude bathing in Denmark is now mostly for oldies, and that this part of the beach may be restricted to club members. Find the location for the beach on our interactive map where you can also chime in with suggestions.

1. Do the Copenhagen Ironman triathlon

'Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life', as the slogan goes. If you think you're in good shape now test yourself against some of the best amateur athletes in the world. The CPH competition takes in some of the best scenery around Copenhagen, swimming off Amager Strand, cycling through the Zealand countryside and running past Copenhagen's most historic and famous attractions (but let's face it. By the time you get to the run section, you shouldn't be able to enjoy the attractions!)

The triathlon's website has great maps which feature the course routes, hotspots and event locations, or you can add where you'll check out the race on our interactive map.

Bonus tip: Impress the ladies

Getting out there to 'enjoy Spring' can, of course also mean 'hooking up with the ladies'. Try something different by making moves on girls at the venues described in our 'Spring Tips for Girls' article. If you are already in female company try impressing her with some of our ideas from the girls' article! See all of our girl tips here. Don't be prejudiced. They can be fun for guys too!


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